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Haswell & Hecker: "Blackest Ever Black" (Warner Classics) is an academic exercise in sound exploration that deploys Xenakiss' UPIC sysytem. This system enables the composer to virtually turn images into sound or "the implementation of a graphic approach to sound synthesis". I recently attended a live rendition of H&H's Diffusion Session at Sheffield's Lovebytes Festival ...

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Blackest Ever Black by Haswell & Hecker
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9/10 Mingus 08 June 2007
Haswell & Hecker: "Blackest Ever Black" (Warner Classics) is an academic exercise in sound exploration that deploys Xenakiss' UPIC sysytem. This system enables the composer to virtually turn images into sound or "the implementation of a graphic approach to sound synthesis". I recently attended a live rendition of H&H's Diffusion Session at Sheffield's Lovebytes Festival that used the same system. Despite expecting to be bombarded by a wall of hellish miasma, as you'd expect from these two so-called sound art practitioners, the audience were instead treated to a very considered and dynamic interpretation of the way maybe Xenakis would use said system. It's pretty difficult to attempt to describe the abstract nature of the soundfield summoned up but, if you can imagine the sounds of lasers, lights and strobes zapping an audience in a large auditorium then you're halfway to imagining the audio physicality of the event. Yeah, another serious review from your man Mingus, but what do you expect the Madrid train bombing, erotica, food pornography, a geodesic dome, a mushroom cloud of a nuclear explosion and other such graphic illustrations to sound like ehh?

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